“He’s competing his tail off, just not getting the results,” said Roberts who started Max Muncy at first base and Joc Pederson in center field instead of Bellinger whose average has dropped to .226.“He’s never struggled like this, like he did in the month of May. He’s doing everything right as far as the preparation. The results just haven’t been there. So as a young player, he’s constantly trying to make adjustments. You get to a point where you wonder if you’re ever going to get a hit. All players go through that at some point in time.”May was certainly not kind to Bellinger. But his slump has spilled over in both directions. Going into Sunday, Bellinger had hit .165 with a .610 OPS in 31 games since April 30 with 35 strikeouts in 109 at-bats. He had five hits in his last 53 at-bats before Roberts elected to bench him Sunday.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“For me, there’s mechanics involved,” Roberts said. “Earlier on, there was kind of a lot of thinking along with the pitcher and guessing. Now there’s a little bit of confidence wavering. So you put all that together and you’re late on fastballs. Every borderline pitch seems to go against him. You look back at the last month and it seems like he’s 0-1 every time he goes up to bat. It’s cyclical. That’s how it goes in hitting. At other times, those borderline calls, he’s 1-and-0.“Right now, we’ve got to kind of weather it together. To his credit, he wants to be in there. He’s working every day diligently. It’s just not happening.” Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DENVER – Asked this spring if he was worried about being victimized by a “sophomore slump,” the reigning National League Rookie of the Year dismissed the idea with a pair of vulgarities.“(Expletive), no. No. I don’t give a (expletive),” a confident Cody Bellinger said then.A third of the way into his second season, Bellinger is apparently being punished for such hubris.With a deepening slump extending into a second month, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts benched Bellinger on Sunday. It was the second time in three games that Bellinger did not start but the first time this season he was not in the lineup against a right-handed pitcher. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Roberts said right-hander Dennis Santana has been penciled in as the Dodgers’ starter for Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh. It will be Santana’s first major-league start – Roberts said the Dodgers do not plan to use an “opener” as they did Friday in Colorado. Wednesday’s starter in Pittsburgh remains undetermined.Outfielder Andrew Toles completed his rehab in Arizona and rejoined Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday. Toles has been sidelined since April 13 by a hamstring injury which he aggravated during the rehab process. Toles did not play Sunday and the OKC Dodgers are off Monday so he is not scheduled to return to game action until Tuesday. Toles was off to a good start before the injury – 12 for 26 (.462) with four doubles, one home run and seven RBIs in six games for OKC.UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Monday.Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (3-1, 1.68 ERA) at Pirates RHP Joe Musgrove (2-0, 0.64 ERA), Tuesday, 4:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day The slump might actually have started last fall. Bellinger was 4 for 28 (.143) with 17 strikeouts in the World Series against the Houston Astros. The Astros’ blueprint for pitching to Bellinger has been adopted by every team this season.But Roberts thinks Bellinger’s issues have grown beyond that.“I think if you look at April, it might have been the pitchers and the way they were attacking him,” Roberts said. “But for me, I think in May there were a lot of pitches in the strike zone that he’s just not putting the barrel on. In April, I think they were elevating the fastball on him. They were throwing the breaking ball underneath and he was going out of the zone on both accounts. But the last few weeks it’s been the borderline breaking ball early, getting behind and then balls in the strike zone that he’s swinging through.”Roberts said he recognized the frustration mounting in Bellinger’s body language Saturday and decided it was time to “give him a blow” and pair it with Monday’s off day for the entire team. If Bellinger’s slump continues beyond that, however, another step the Dodgers might have to consider is sending Bellinger down to Triple-A to work out his problems.“I don’t know. We’re not there yet,” Roberts said of that idea. “Obviously we’d have to really think through it. … We haven’t got to that point yet. But you can see it’s been tough sledding for him for the first two months of the season.”ALSORelated Articles
11 February 2013After struggling with injuries, Richard Sterne had to wait four years to add to his five previous European Tour victories, but he won his sixth in style, romping to a seven-shot victory in the Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club on Sunday.Heading into the event, which is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, it was clear that Sterne’s game was on the up. The previous week he had finished runner-up to Stephen Gallagher in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Before that, he tied for seventh in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.Back in South Africa, he was on song from start to finish of the Joburg Open, winning the event with a tournament record total of 27-under-par 260.It was the largest winning margin in the history of the event and, in relation to par, Sterne’s commanding victory was the second lowest winning total in the history of the European Tour.ExemptionImportantly, the win also secured him a place in the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions, as well as a European Tour exemption until the end of 2014.His last European Tour win had been in the South African Open in December 2008. Thanks to back-to-back victories then, he reached a ranking of 29th in the world. Injuries, though, played havoc with his game in 2010 and 2011, when he competed in only 10 tournaments.“I didn’t think I was going to be out for so long, but six months became a year and then almost two,” he told the European Tour.“After all the hard work and the time out with injury, I did wonder whether I was ever going to win again. At one point the pain was so bad that I even wondered if I’d ever play golf again. But now I know I can.South African influence“The only thing that kept me going was all the other South Africans. They kept winning a lot of events and I believed that if they could do it then I could.”Sterne’s first wire-to-wire victory of his career consisted of rounds of 63, 65, 68 and 64. His remarkable performance included one eagle, 26 birdies and only one dropped shot.He previously won the Joburg Open in 2008 and follows Charl Schwartzel as a two-time winner. Schwartzel placed second this time around, ending on 20-under-par 267.The world number 16 was returning to action after a six-week break, following victories by 11 shots in the Thailand Golf Championship and by 12 shots in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Clearly the rest hadn’t hurt his game.Pushed Sterne hardTrevor Fisher junior pushed Sterne hard through the first three rounds and shared the lead heading into the last 18 holes on 19-under-par 196 after rounds of 66, 62 and 68. Unfortunately for him, he struggled in the last round, posting a 73.He began brilliantly, with an eagle three on the first hole, but three birdies could not undo the damage done by four bogeys and a double-bogey.George Coetzee has not yet won on the European Tour, but his time is surely not that far away. He ended in a share of third with Felipe Aguilar and Ricardo Santos on 19-under 268.LEADERBOARD 260 Richard Sterne (RSA) (-27) 63, 65, 68, 64267 Charl Schwartzel (RSA) (-20) 68, 65, 68, 66268 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) (-19) 67, 66, 68, 67268 George Coetzee (RSA) (-19) 67, 64, 70, 67268 Ricardo Santos (Por) (-19) 70, 65, 69, 64269 Thomas Aiken (RSA) (-18) 67, 70, 66, 66269 Trevor Fisher jnr (RSA) (-18) 66, 62, 68, 73269 Keith Horne (RSA) (-18) 67, 66, 71, 65 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have another opportunity to obtain conservation financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications until Jan. 20 for funding through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative.The initiative is a partnership between NRCS and public, private, and non-profit organizations to protect water quality in the basin that includes portions of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Financial assistance is available for Ohio livestock farmers to install nutrient management practices that allow for proper storage, timing, and placement of nutrients that will help livestock producers comply with Ohio’s new nutrient management laws.The Ohio portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin includes parts of Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot Counties.The Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative is part of the NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and is working to promote conservation to landowners and monitor the impact of conservation practices installed as part of the project.Applications should be submitted at local USDA Service Centers. Applications received by Jan. 20 will be considered for fiscal year 2017 funding. Farmers are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible.For more information about conservation financial assistance available through the RCPP Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative, visit the NRCS Ohio website and RCPP signup documentation page.
This tutorial was created by EJ Hassenfratz of Eyedesyn. Thanks for sharing, EJ.Want to learn more about creating 2D animation in Cinema 4D? Check out a few of the following resources:How to Create Long Shadows in Cinema 4D Vectorized Art Using Sketch and Toon2D Styled 3D Motion Graphics in Cinema 4D and After EffectsHave any other tips for creating a drawn 2D effect in Cinema 4D? Share in the comments below. 2D write-on effects are super-hip and easy to make with Sketch and Toon. Learn how to create this trendy effect in this Cinema 4D tutorial.After Effects can be a powerful tool for creating 2D animations, but sometimes you need to use a 3D program to get more control over your objects and the design. This is where today’s Cinema 4D tutorial on making 2D write-on effects comes into play.Using the following technique, you can create awesome 2D write-on effects in Cinema 4D. The tutorial covers:Using Sketch and ToonCreating Matte TexturesUsing Lights Without ShadowsAdding Strokes in the Material Editor
Hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen dedicate over an hour each week to talking about film, from reviewing the latest indie and blockbuster releases, to discussing hidden gems from respected directors or encouraging their listeners to vote for their favorite cinematographer. There’s a lot to discover and plenty to learn from this genuinely film-loving podcast.Recommended Episode: # 570 — The Hateful Eight vs. The Revenant. In this particular episode, the hosts get into a heated discussion on style versus substance. Both hosts make compelling arguments for why each of the films hit or missed their mark.2. WTF With Marc MaronImage via IFC The Writers Panel from Nerdist is a traditional two-person interview podcast that brings in the industry’s top screenwriters and classic hollywood figures such as James L Brooks. These writers often talk about the process of screenwriting and the motivations behind said process. This podcast is perfect for anyone trying to step up their screenwriting game.Recommended Episode: #272 — Shane Black. In this episode, writer/director Shane Black discusses his latest film, The Nice Guys, as well as diving into some of his previous work like Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.4. No Film School In addition to being a great way to pass the time in traffic, these podcasts are loaded with entertaining real-world insight into the world of filmmaking.Top image via IFCPodcasts are an excellent use of time if you find yourself stuck in traffic, on a road trip, or even writing a paper. The TV & Film podcast category on iTunes features hundreds of choices, which can be quite overwhelming if you’re new to the world of podcasts. Though many are helpful and entertaining, a few stand out as a truly beneficial use of your time. Here are five of our favorites.1. FilmspottingImage via The Weinstein Company A fairly recent inclusion in the world of podcasts, No Film School features up-and-coming filmmakers discussing new ways and tips to get your produced and financed. The featured guests also dive into recent camera gear and tech they’re currently high on.Recommended Episode: Tribeca 2016 – Post Apocalyptic DIY Flick5. IndieWire: Screen TalkIndieWire’s chief film Critic Eric Kohn and film critic Anne Thompson discuss a wide a range of topics ranging from the newest independent releases to the latest film festival news. Occasionally these two also dive into industry talk and the state of independent film in today’s world. This podcast is excellent for anyone wanting to know more about indie filmmaking.Recommended Episode: Our Lessons from Cannes 2016Know of any other informative podcasts for filmmakers? Let us know in the comments! Although not technically a filmmaking podcast, Marc Maron’s in-depth, conversational interviews provide some of the best insight into what makes your favorite filmmakers tick. Whether he’s interviewing someone like Lynn Shelton or Rob Reiner, the hour-long interviews inevitably end up shedding some light on how they got to where they are and offer a look at their movie-making philosophies. Recommended Episode: #565 — Paul Thomas Anderson. Marc talks with PTA for nearly two hours about each film of the prolific filmmaker’s career. Paul Thomas Anderson also dives into why he shot The Master in 70mm. Fascinating.3. Writers Panel: A Nerdist PodcastImage via Nerdist
The Bombay High Court recently granted ad interim relief from prosecution to JP Morgan Services India Private Limited for not sharing the Aadhaar and bank details of their employees with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).The company had moved a Division Bench of Justices Ranjit More and N.M. Jamadar, seeking to quash a criminal complaint filed against it by the EPFO with the Esplanade metropolitan magistrate for failing to furnish the details.‘Avoid prosecution’Senior counsel Amit Desai, appearing for JP Morgan, told the court that providing such details was in contravention of Articles 14 (Equality before law) and 21 (Right to Life) of the Constitution. He produced a letter sent by the Association of Corporate Counsel (Legal) to all regional provident fund commissioners regarding the Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar, which said, “It is advised to avoid any coercive action by way of prosecution till further orders.”Mr. Desai told the court that despite the letter, subsequent prosecutions were initiated against the company for not submitting the Aadhaar and bank details of its employees. He said employees had refused to supply the documents based on the apex court’s ruling.The EPFO, however, contended that supplying Aadhaar and bank details of the employees was mandatory and part of the online process.The court granted ad interim relief by staying the proceedings initiated by the magistrate till the matter is heard and disposed of. The Bench directed the EPFO to file an affidavit and posted the matter to be heard on October 14.
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Twitter/@Bogs4NYLaremy Tunsil may be lucky that this year’s draft is in Chicago, and not New York City. An overzealous former prosecutor may have hopped state lines to bring him in after a hacker posted an old video of him smoking a bong out of a gas mask to his Twitter account.New Jersey Governor and former presidential candidate Chris Christie joined WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Friday morning to discuss the draft, and spent a lot of time expressing his bemusement about the Tunsil situation. At one point, the former New Jersey Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer said that if he were still a prosecutor, he would have “gone in and cuffed” the Ole Miss offensive tackle. Buzzfeed’s Christopher Massie transcribed some of the more interesting parts of the appearance:“It’s unbelievable,” Christie said. “Because the bong hits aren’t enough. Give me the gas mask too. It’s incredible. I can’t take my eyes off it. It’s unbelievable.”Earlier in the interview, Christie, who opposes marijuana legalization, said, “When I was a prosecutor, I would’ve gone in and cuffed this guy,” adding, “I would’ve been all over it.”Christie also expressed sympathy towards Tunsil, saying, “Poor kid in that respect. I mean, he did it. But who’s the guy that hates him enough that they had access to the video and put it on. I mean, wow.”Here is the full interview: [Buzzfeed]
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asked operators of private security agencies to undertake welfare initiatives like health insurance, health check up and pension for private guards by taking advantage of government-sponsored schemes. Shah also asked private security agencies to hire NCC trained guards so that those employed have some basic training on security. Launching a private security agency licensing portal initiated by the Ministry of Home Affairs, he said agencies must ensure that each and every private security guard has a ‘Jan Dhan’ bank account for salary disbursement and there should be no cash transactions with them. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The home minister said there are around 90 lakh private security guards in the country while the total number of police and paramilitary forces is around 30 lakh. That means, there are 24 per cent police and 76 per cent private security guards, he said. “You should undertake some welfare schemes like regular health check up of private security guards. You should enrol them under the government-sponsored Rs 2 lakh insurance scheme (Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana) and pay the yearly premium of Rs 22 for each guard. The government will pay rest of the amount of Rs 350. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Similarly, arrangements should be made so that each private guard comes under the cover of Atal Pension Yojana (a government back scheme),” he said. The home minister asked private security agencies to employ NCC trained youths as security guards to ensure that they get people with basic discipline. “We should enhance the credibility of the whole process. People would know that with NCC certificate, they will get a job in security agencies easily. This criteria should be popularised gradually. You will also get people having discipline and patriotic values trained by the government. There is also a Skill India certificate,” he said. Shah said the police verification of private security guards has become easier now as 90 per cent police stations in the country are now linked with a dedicated only system (CCTNS). “The record of any security guard in those 90 per cent police stations will be easily available. This is also very convenient for you to check with the police the criminal record of a person… you can also do the police verification of existing security guards,” he said. The home minister said the licensing portal will be available in all major Indian languages within the next 90 days. The government will also ensure that if a security agency is registered in a particular state, it should not face difficulties in registering it in another state and can do it with minimum paper work. “The portal will also have a section for the people to know how many licence agencies are operating in their state. So that people will not be cheated by any agency which does not have a licence. This will increase business of agencies having licences. In a way, your work will be done by us. Since we are doing your work, you will also have to do our work. “I am going to tell chief ministers of all states to launch an awareness campaign and inform people so that they trust only those agencies which have license. You also have to launch a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of involving licenced agencies. The publicity should be done in regional languages,” he said. Shah also stressed on the need for enhancing credibility of private security agencies to gain the trust of the country’s 130 crore people and cited the example of the Gorkha community which is known for its contribution in this sector. “It should be our endeavour that your business is expanded by enhancing the credibility of the entire sector. This sector has the potential to provide employment to two to three crore people,” he said. The home minister said for achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of making the Indian economy USD five trillion, private security agencies should also work in this direction. “There is a direct connection.Today, the rise of the industry and trade is impossible without private security guards. I believe that private security guards are the first line of response. First of all, he confronts those indulging in illegal activities. If the first line is more active and prompt, the work load on the second and third line will be less. “To raise awareness about the law, put some key provisions of the IPC in his training, make him aware of filing complaints online, he should know how to inform the nearest police station upon seeing illegal activities, he should have a conversation with the local police station. These things should be in-built in the work culture so that people would get to know that he is a kind of representative of the local police station and police is involved in their security through him,” he said. Shah noted that during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, casualties were less in a hotel and the Victoria Terminus railway station (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) in Mumbai as terrorists had to confront private security guards first.